The AFL has unveiled its AFLW expansion plans, with every club to have a team in the women’s competition by the end of 2022.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan announced there’d be an 18-team competition for the 2022-2023 AFLW season, with Essendon, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide and the Sydney Swans to be included.
“Today is a pretty defining day, I think, in the history of Australian football,” McLachlan told reporters.
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“Simply, the competition is now whole. We have 18 AFLW clubs is to send a message to every female playing footy that they now can play for any one of our 18 AFL teams.”
The AFL Commission met this week and assessed the detailed submissions from the four clubs, which were “high quality applications”, according to McLachlan. The Hawks, Swans, Power and…